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The Watch [Blu-ray]
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Michael Ledo (Windsor, SC United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Watch (DVD)
After the night watchman (Joe Nunez) at Costco was brutally murdered and his skin removed, Evan (Ben Stiller) forms a neighborhood watch in his peaceful Glenvue, Ohio community. Unfortunately not many people show up to join the group and all have their own reasons and issues.
Evan- Costco manager. Very straight and needs to be in charge. Takes things seriously, but doesn't take care of business with his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt).
Bob- (Vince Vaughn) Likes to drink and share his man-cave with his friends. Has a teenage daughter (Erin Moriarty) he keeps his eye on.
Franklin- (slimmed down Jonah Hill) Has the best lines. He quit school to become a policeman. He failed the written exam, physical, and the mental health screening. Wants to be a vigilante. Lives at home with his mother. Couldn't help think about George Zimmerman and Richard Jewel.
Jamarcus- (Richard Ayoade) He is from England and has a Korean girl fantasy.
The four guys are considered a joke. When they discover the aliens, they get up for the task.
I loved the use of the classic rock sound track which included The Doors, J. Geils Band, and Chris Cross who provided a laugh as the phone tone for the salty R. Lee Ermey. The humor rolls with the lines like when Bob asks Franklin, "You failed the police exam, is this illegal?"
There was a lot of good humor. Unfortunately there was a lot of unnecessary crude humor, as the story was funny without it. It didn't need cheap laughs.
PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs galore. Brief sex and nudity.
When the Costco night security guard meets an untimely (and pretty gruesome) death, Evan decides to establish a neighborhood watch, ideally composed of concerned citizens tasked with solving the murder of security guard Antonio Guzman and "to generally get to the bottom of things."
What Evan gets aren't civic-minded gents as much as a bunch of yahoos looking to get out of the house and hang out with the boys. Bob (Vince Vaughn) is that loud, obnoxious neighbor you love to hate. Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade), shy and recently divorced, is looking for action (and, by action, I mean Asian women). Franklin (Jonah Hill), once an aspiring law enforcer, sees the group as a vigilante squad. This is maybe the most unprepared, most undedicated neighborhood watch ever. And in Glenview, Ohio, they may be all that stand between us and an alien invasion. We are so, so screwed. This is how Falling Skies and After Earth happen.
So, a disclaimer: THE WATCH is more clown house than art house. It isn't something you want to watch in the tea parlor with your aunties and your scones. It's not for delicate ears. This movie is raunchy and crude and vulgar. It's best enjoyed when you put on your frat-boy hat and you've got your immature buddies around. At least the trailer prepped you for what sort of movie it is. I did appreciate that the story didn't minimize the danger of the invaders.Read more ›
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This is a hard movie to grade. It's a 2 but then again, it's a 6 out of 10 for just plain silliness and fun. Read morePublished 2 days ago by By CJs Pirate
Ok movie I don't care for sex or naked ppl in movies it's not a family movie to watch with kids.Published 29 days ago by mike o
Well I use to not like Vince Vaughn and then watched a couple of his movies n changed my mind, now This movie makes me change my mind back to not liking him!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mi
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